October 13, 2019 Woodsom Farm, Amesbury, MA. Yet another excellent flying day with light and variable winds and boomer thermals. Unfortunately, we had a light turnout to experience Woodsom Farm flying at its Fall best. There were many long and memorable flights – William’s Fok DVII at 90sec+ to win FAC Scale; George and Steve’s Embryo’s flying 90sec+ three flight average; Kevin’s Goon winning the Racers ML; Tom’s Puss Moth dimer 2:44 overhead flight. Photos courtesy
Tom N.Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
CD Steve Evans stands by at the Contest Registration tent. Steve did an excellent job keeping all of the events running smoothly – and he even did the scale judging as well! Many thanks Steve.
Steve E’s Ira Eaker Lockheed Altair flew very well at the Amesbury Fall 2019 meet. Unfortunately, it didn’t come through in the Racers Mass Launch event which was won by Kevin Barrett and his smooth flying Chester Goon.
Steve launches his Altair racer on another fine flight. The Woodsom Farm field is at its gorgeous best in October and we had a great flying day for this meet.
Long-time Stealth clubster Lincoln Ross flew his antique GAR Seversky racer at the Amesbury Fall meet, but finished out of the money in the Racers ML event. Rumor has it Lincoln’s Sev model is old enough to vote!
Lincoln’s well-flown GAR Seversky model in Frank Fuller racer colors. Note the hinged rudder which effectively reduces vertical tail area and helps cure spiral instability. Lincoln is well known as an ace model trim specialist. Look him up if you need some help.
George launches the Mustang while CD Steve Evans looks on.
George Skelly’s pretty Mustang in British markings does a low flyby at the Fall meet.
Remember William Skelly lost his P-51 Mustang last year at Durham? Well, he’s built a new and better P-51 so look out. William says it trimmed out just like his old one, which means it’s a fine flyer indeed!
Long-time local Free Flight modeler Stan Colson attended the Fall 2019 Amesbury meet and put up some great P-30 flights to win the event. Granddaughter Elizbeth (sp?) assisted Stan throughout the day.
The Colson clan hard at play readying Stan’s P-30 for another official flight. That’s son Carl at left, granddaughter Elizbeth center, and Stan at right.
September 15, 2019 Pinkham Field Irregulars/Glastonbury Modelers Fall Fly-In, Durham, CT. This was an excellent flying day with light and variable winds and boomer thermals. Several Stealth Squadroneers and Glastonbury Aeromodellers attended and watched William Skelly’s retract-gear Dayton Wright RB1 peanut model fly OOS (Out of Sight) over the hill on a 5min+ flight. All wail! Don’t miss your last opportunity to fly outside at Whites Farm in Durham CT on November 17, 2019. Check the Calendar page on this site for more info. Photos courtesy
Tom N.Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
John Kramer’s dime scale event winning Airdevil Rearwin Speedster off on a high and long (~2min) flight which secured the win against the Rittmeister’s dreaded Ong Continental. Congrats John!
Steve Blanchard with his neat Armstrong Whitworth FK-8 scale model and Paul Stott with his trusty Arrow Sport scale model. What a pleasure to see these models in the air!
Vance Gilbert and William Skelly ended up in a tie in the hotly contested FAC Scale event at Durham. William came out on top in this fly-off with his GAR Fok DVII. Vance’s veteran Mossie suffered some damage, but is happily repaired and flying as well as ever.
Vance and Sam Brauer walk back from a successful flight. Sam entered a fine Martin Marauder (B-26) in FAC Scale – and word is Vance provided some multi-engine tips to help out. VG also judged FAC Scale – thanks!
John Koptonak receives his award for winning the FAC Peanut event (or was it Victory Stick?) from CD Paul Stott. John performed a stirring “Victory Dance” to celebrate which brought quite the razzing from all present at the awards. Luckily it was not captured on video.
William receives an award from CD Paul Stott at the end of the meet. Richard Zapf resurrected the old Stealth Sqdn “Harvey Wallbanger” trophy and awarded it to William for his RB1 flyaway – which being prior to scale judging, meant he could not officially enter the Peanut Scale event.
Richard Zapf receives his award for winning the Dave Stott memorial event with his Airdevil Ong Continental dime scale model.
July 18-20, 2019 FAC Non-Nats, Geneseo, NY. Several Stealth Squadroneers and Glastonbury Aeromodellers attended this annual FAC meet to compete and renew old friendships with FACers who attended from around the country. We had a fabulous time and hope you can join us next year. Photos courtesy
Phil M and Tom N – THANKS! Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
The Stealth Sqdn and Glastonbury Modeller clubsters at the Non-Nats. Steve, Chris, Rich, John, John and Tom. Claudette was busy keeping things running in the GHQ tent and is missing from this photo
FAC CinC Dave Mitchell presents an award from the Geneseo 2018 NATS to a Stealth Squadron member
Mike Kelly travelled from Texas to fly his Spitfire in FAC Scale at the Non-Nats. Mike won or placed in several events.
First Sortie/Heat of the WW1 Peanut Mass Launch Event
John Houck Jr and Sr flew their SE-5a in the WW1 Mass Launch event
Matt really got into the spirit of the event with his colorful headgear. He`s all business here helping Doug ready his Ansaldo SVA5 for the Mass Launch sortie.
Claudette helped run the WW1 Mass Launch event. Here she processes times following a sortie
Tom blew the motor in his Nieuport 17 in the first sortie of the Mass Launch. Better luck next time!
Flyers prepare for the next sortie…several local clubsters flew in this event
Chris helps John ready his Siemens-Schuckert model for a WW1 Peanut Mass Launch sortie
Clive helps Rich W prepare his Aviatik model for a sortie. This model went on to win the event, just edging out John Ks Schuckert.
Golf carts were a key model retrieval aid at the Non-Nats!
A human-powered model “chase” bike at Geneseo. This one is John Ks nifty folding bike – it easily fit into the back of his van.
B-17 Memphis Belle – yes the one from the movie – was on the airfield at Geneseo and Chris M arranged for flyers to tour the inside of the aircraft. What a thrill!
Memphis Belle “front office”
The wind blew hard on Saturday, the final day of the meet. Here Thayer ponders how he can use the golf cart as a rolling launch platform for his Embryo Endurance model…to help offset the wind at the critical moment of takeoff. It worked! …well sort of
March 24, 2019 Indoor Contest Penn Brook School, Georgetown MA. Photos courtesy
Peter Kirby and Tom N – THANKS! Click on thumbnail to view larger image and advance to next pic from there.
Rich Z’s dime scale Mechanics Flyabout model is built from the old pre-WW2 Paul K Guillow plan. It’s a great flyer.
George S and his beautiful, slow-flying, hand-carved prop-sporting, Pugnacious Pursuit Embryo Endurance model. Can you tell George is a musician?
Ray H waits until Rich Z’s Flyabout Dimer passes by before launching his Comet Phantom Flash stick model.
Steve E launches Hellcat at Georgetown 3/24 indoor meet as Rich Z mans the stopwatch.
William S’ Peerless Rearwin Speedster on landing approach.
Ray H walks to the flightline with his Pussycat Mass Launch model
Steve E readies his Pussycat “The Cow” for another mass launch heat
Ara D tested his excellent Bristol Scout from the Nassise plan
George S Mustang WW2 mass launch model cruises by
Tom N British Arial Torpedo (BAT) dime scale model from the Backstrom plan
Herb C’s Cessna Turbo profile scale model (NoCal) cruises by
William S Hawker Hurricane Dime Scale for the Battle of Britain event
Tom N Hurricane Battle of Britain entrant
Steve E flew his Comet Messerschmitt Me109 in the Battle of Britain event
William launches his Hurricane BoB model
Chris M helped Herb C trim out his new Whitehead twin Pioneer FAC Scale model. Model was built from Chris’ plan.
The gang confers on adjustments to be made to the Whitehead. Builder Herb C in center.
Rich and William ready to launch in one of the later GA ML heats.
William and Ara this time
William S’ Mustang flew in both WW2 mass launch and FAC Scale events
Rich’s Comet Spitfire and Tom’s Comet Hurricane collided in a Battle of Britain sortie. Hurricane hit the floor first – out!
Rich and Steve line up shoulder to shoulder for a late event sortie
Steve E’ Grumman Hellcat (Wingnut plan) being prepped to fly
The Red Baron’s Fokker Tripe provides close cover for Rich Z’s Halberstadt 2 seater
Get low to keep from hitting the ceiling in the final round!
Rich Z gets low to keep his Halberstadt WW1 mass launch model out of the solid overcast (eg gym rafters)
Pretty Halberstadt built from plans published in FAC News
Tom N tripe heads for the rafters in WW1 mass launch
George S launching his dime scale Comet Rearwin Speedster
Chris M’ Fok D-VII taxis at the end of another successful flight
More Pictures of Free Flight rubber models. Many photos taken at FAC NATS in Geneseo NY.